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I attended a meetup last night in MountainView, sponsored by Oracle. David Rubin, head of Oracle’s NoSQL team presented the recent advances made to their NoSQL product. This code base was acquired by Oracle 6 years ago from Sleepycat Software, the custodian of Berkeley DB (BDB). Mike Olson, who founded Cloudera and currently is the chief strategy officer (formerly CEO), wrote many parts of the  code for BDB during his graduate school days at UC Berkeley under the guidance of Professor Mike Stonebraker. Oracle’s new slogan says - Oracle now offers an enterprise grade NoSQL solution at the most compelling price point in the industry! It seems they are making an aggressive push of this NoSQL product lately. It is based on key-value record abstraction, but many operational features including SQL support have been added to make it enterprise-ready. Then followed the inte... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

Will TechTarget's Other Shoe Drop Today?

The last bit of not-so-good news surrounding TechTarget's recent financials was dated February 13, 2009, and posted in the Boston Business Journal, and entitled "TechTarget stock falls amid earnings delay." "Online and print media provider TechTarget Inc. said late Thursday that it has delayed the release of its fourth-quarter earnings report 'due to improper accounting methods' linked to its Web broadcasting revenue." Due to improper accounting methods? Oh boy, that does not sound good! And the Boston Business Journal story continues: "TechTarget did not say when the updated earnings report would be released. It also cautioned that prior years' financial reports may have to be restated, although those changes should not materially affect TechTarget's revenue or operating income for the periods in question." Their numbers for last year were bogus too? The company pr... (more)

Yahoo! Named “Platinum Sponsor” of Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Yahoo!, a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide, was named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The event is expected to attract over 1,500 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. Founded in 1995, Yahoo! has evolved into leading global brand that has changed the way people communicate with each other, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information. Today, Yahoo! is one of the world's largest global online networks of integrated services with more than 500 million users worldwide. The company is headquartered in Sunnyv... (more)

Oracle To Keynote Cloud Computing Expo

Enterprises large and small are drawn by the advantages of cloud computing -- pay-for-use, self-service, elastic scalability and the elimination of hardware management – resulting in very low barriers to entry and exit and high agility. However, enterprises are also concerned about security, quality of service, integration, compliance, lock-in, and the long-term costs of public clouds. Private clouds for the exclusive use of one enterprise can however mitigate these concerns by giving the enterprise greater control. In a keynote address to be given at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, Richard Sarwal (pictured), SVP of Development for Oracle Enterprise Manager, will explore how enterprises are likely to adopt public and private cloud computing, building on a foundation of virtualization infrastructure and management systems. The keynote w... (more)

The Cloud Bubble: Is Computing Becoming a Utility?

The Gartner Hype cycle research shows Cloud Computing as being on the peak of expectations… the very top of the hype bubble roller coaster. Vendors are looking for something to sell, and the consolidation of the data center, reducing operational cost and economy of scale are as convenient of an excuse as anything. There are some fundamental technologies as well that will make a big difference such as Virtualization. Is computing becoming a utility? When someone refers to cloud, the etymology of the term should be examined. This term comes from the days of network diagramming, and a cloud was an abstraction for the network. Basically whenever someone didnt feel like drawing all of the network entities, they would just draw a puffy white cloud. In essence the puffy white cloud is shorthand for “don’t worry your pretty little head about this stuff”. In doing so, one ha... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo: Exclusive Q&A with Yahoo! SVP Cloud Computing

"Ultimately, we believe that advancement in cloud computing technology will be driven by open source initiatives where large communities of engineers can collaborate and develop new code for the new applications and demands posed by the cloud model," says Shelton Shugar, SVP Cloud Computing at Yahoo! - and upcoming Keynote Speaker at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Expo, in this Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. Jeremy Geelan: What are the chief advantages of Cloud Computing from the point of view of Yahoo!’s customers worldwide? Shelton Shugar: Yahoo! has more than 500 million unique users per month across the world. Yahoo! Cloud services enable us to provide superior user experiences and deliver targeted content to our enormous audience. Examples include faster content access around the globe, real-time sports upda... (more)

11th Cloud Expo: A–Z of Big Data & Cloud Computing Topics

What's "Cloud 2.0"? Who's behind "SHadoop"? Why is the Cloud so important to the Big Data boom? Are you turning your data into dollars? Which cloud model is right for your company? Register to attend 11th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley and get your questions answered November 5–8. Here's what you can look forward to, expressed numerically: 1 Convenient Venue – Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA 2 Interlocking Themes – Cloud Computing & Big Data 4 Content-Packed Days – November 5–8, 2012 6 Industry Keynotes 8 Distinct Parallel Tracks 174 Breakout Technical & Strategy Sessions 203 Expert Speakers & Panelists 90,000 Square Feet of Expo Floor and 1 Not-To-Be-Missed Opening Night Welcome Reception on Nov 5 ! The event is co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo. Registration includes both events. Whether you are a large enterprise, a growing busines... (more)

Enterprise-Based Applications in the Cloud Are Next

Ed Sim's "Beyond VC" Blog One thing is pretty clear to me from an investment perspective. I am not going to invest in the next hot cloud computing infrastructure service that will compete against Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft, and every other large tech vendor in the world. This is suicide and far from capital efficient. Cloud this, Cloud that - the word cloud is clearly an overhyped word and reminds me of the beginning of the hype around hosted models and ASPs (application service providers) in the late 90s and the term SAAS today. Anyway, as I look at announcement after announcement released about cloud computing platforms, one thing is pretty clear to me from an investment perspective.  First, I am not going to invest in the next hot cloud computing infrastructure service that will compete against Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft, and every other large tech vendor in the ... (more)

View Cloud Expo Europe 2009 Keynote on SYS-CON.TV

By the end of the summer the cloud is going to be everywhere, predicts Good Data CEO & industry veteran Roman Stanek. "What is happening to computing today is a revolution, the biggest discontinuity I've experienced in the last twenty years of my career..." said keynote speaker Roman Stanek last month in Prague, the Czech Republic, as he gave the opening keynote at Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009. VIEW STANEK'S KEYNOTE HERE By the end of the summer the cloud is going to be everywhere, Stanek predicted. "It's going to be very disruptive and we still don't know what's ahead of us." So everything is going to be about Cloud. But is cloud computing enabling the construction of a completely new technology stack, or is it just moving the existing technology stack into the cloud? "I believe it is a new technology stack. I see a level of innovation in the cloud that I haven't... (more)